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Report on Migrant Birds and Climate Change Launched at AEWA MOP

Climate change is a major threat to migratory waterbirds, according to a new report by the British Trust for Ornithology and Wetlands International.

18 September 2008: Climate change is a major threat to

migratory waterbirds and international cooperation is required to reduce the

many pressures they face, according to a new report launched at the fourth

Meeting of the Parties (MOP) to the Agreement on the Conservation of

African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA), taking place from 15-19 September

2008, in Antananarivo, Madagascar.

The report was authored by Ilya M.D.

Maclean, Mark M. Rehfisch and Robert A. Robinson of the British Trust for

Ornithology, and Simon Delany of Wetlands International, and published by the

AEWA Secretariat as part of its Popular Series. According to the report, of 235

species of migratory waterbirds protected in Europe and Africa under AEWA, all

except one are experiencing some threat from climate change. Nine species face

severe threats that could cause extinction. AEWA is an agreement developed

under the auspices of the UNEP Convention on Migratory Species (CMS). [The

report] [UNEP

Press Release] [IISD RS

coverage of AEWA MOP-4]